Planners looking for culturally rich meetings will find all the ingredients in place within the wide variety of Greenwich Village venues. Greenwich Village, which stretches from 14th Street to Houston and from the Hudson River to Bowery and Fourth Avenue, also includes the Meatpacking District and part of the Lower East Side (east of Fifth Avenue is called East Village). Greenwich Village is a tree-lined area that is dotted with historic townhouses, quaint little cafes, neighborhood restaurants, nightclubs and specialty shops. Steeped in history, Greenwich Village was once home to such famous writers, poets and artists as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning - to name just a few.
Greenwich Village is easily accessible. Getting to and from the area takes approximately 45 minutes via taxi or car from the New York metropolitan area's three major airports-LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. Once in Greenwich Village, visitors can hail a cab, jump on the subway or catch a bus.
World-class institutions with available meeting venues in Greenwich Village (or The Village) include New York University, The Cooper Union, the New York Studio School, and Grey Art Gallery. The Village is also known for its cutting-edge music scene. The Village Vanguard and The Blue Note have hosted some of the biggest names in jazz and are available for group gatherings. The Village also played a major role in the development of the 1960s folk music scene and music clubs such as The Bitter End and the Bottom Line; these too can be used as event venues. Artists have always flocked to this area and The Salmagundi Club, originating in 1871 as a sketch class in Jonathan Scott Hartley's studio, serves as a center for fine artists and as a unique meeting space.
Just a few of the first-class luxury hotels in Greenwich Village include Hotel Gansevoort, The Standard, W-Union Square, Eventi, and Hotel Indigo, and among the dining venues are some of the most famous in the country, including Mario Batali's Italian restaurant Babbo and Minetta Tavern.
Be sure to take your group by one of New York City's treasured icons, Washington Memorial Arch, which that was originally built in 1889 as an entrance to the beloved Washington Square Park. The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones make Greenwich Village a unique New York City neighborhood.
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